By Sayuni Masakorala
In a time where state actors forget the needs of the community, it is those who are passionate with causes, stepping up to spread awareness and giving a helping hand. Such was the case for the Rotaract Club of Faculty of Law, University of Colombo who alongside Rotary club of East took up a challenge, which resulted in a stream of smiles through project ‘Diya Dothak’.
Centred around Sustainable Development Goals; SDG 6 on ‘Clean Water and Sanitation’, the project was geared towards community service.
The project heads, Rtr. Chethana Liyanage and Rtr. Kalindu Dharmapriya said, “Diya Dothak is a water supply project initiated in the aims of uplifting the learning environment of rural students by providing clean water and sanitation. We were able to find a school called ‘Dikhena Kanishta Vidyalaya’ which is situated in a rural village of Palinda Nuwara division, in the town of Baduraliya. The school had long suffered from the lack of adequate washroom facilities. In response, a set of washrooms were newly constructed and donated by a charity organisation. However, the school had only one small tank which was not sufficient to supply them with the daily water requirements.”
They further highlighted that the existing pipelines were broken, out of repair and that water had to be pumped over nine times a day. They stated that with the newly built washrooms, the school needed a separate tank to supply water for sanitary facilities.
Project ‘Diya Dothak’ in the midst of these issues was a ray of hope for the school. The project was completed on 17 March, where a new tank was installed to supply water to meet the daily sanitary needs. The pipeline system was also repaired, and a donation campaign was organised with the assistance of law faculty undergraduates. Here the organising committee was able to donate stationary packages for students from grades one to five. In addition, they were able to conduct an interactive session with the students.
The organising committee headed by the two project chairs consisted of Rtr. Masha Serasinghe, Rtr. Nisara Wickremasinghe, Rtr. Janidu Lanka, Rtr. Hansani Wanniarachchi, Rtr. Sahan Wijesinghe, Rtr. Vajira Galigamuwa. Representing Rotary Colombo East were Director for Youth Services Dillion Henderlin and President of Rotary Colombo East A.P. Jayarajah. On a final note, the two project chairs noted, “We will continue to provide service to the community to the best of our abilities.”